England vs Brazil: The results of their last 10 meetings

As two of the forefront leading football nations around the world, games between England and Brazil invoke a special nostalgia in the modern day.

Their first ever meeting came back in 1956 and fixtures have been fairly regular ever since, save from the seven-year gap between a goalless draw in June 2013 and their clash at Wembley in March 2024.

The Selecao have enjoyed far more success at major tournaments than the Three Lions, who have only ever been victorious in friendly matches against the South Americans.

Here’s a detailed look at their most recent encounters.

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Neymar couldn’t find a way through / Clive Rose/GettyImages

We start with a snooze-fest.

Expectations around Gareth Southgate’s England were remarkably low in late 2017, having suffered an embarrassing Euro 2016 exit under Roy Hodgson at the hands of Iceland the year prior. However, having toughed out a goalless draw with Germany a few days before, a young Three Lions side showed there was reason for optimism by keeping the likes of Neymar, Gabriel Jesus, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino quiet at Wembley.

The hosts were out-shot 13 to four but that didn’t stop Joe Hart from becoming the first England goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet against Brazil since Peter Shilton in 1984.

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Rooney and Oxlade-Chamberlain got on the scoresheet / Friedemann Vogel/GettyImages

There were fears this 2013 meeting would be postponed. Due to be played at the revamped Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, large areas of the stadium were incomplete and a court had ordered the game’s postponement before it was given the go-ahead.

Former Manchester City stopper Hart was once again on fine form, keeping the Selecao at bay with a string of fine saves before Fred finally put Brazil into a deserved lead after half-time.

England nearly saw out a surprise victory as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain powered home before Wayne Rooney’s deflected effort from distance, but Paulinho ensured the friendly ended at 2-2 with a fine volley.


Hart saved Ronaldinho’s penalty and rebound / ADRIAN DENNIS/GettyImages

The Football Association’s 150th anniversary celebrations included Brazil’s visit to Wembley in February 2013 as England earned a first win over their yellow opposition in 23 years in an entertaining friendly.

Hart was once again in the thick of the action, saving a penalty from the legendary Ronaldinho before Rooney steered the Three Lions into a 27th-minute lead.

A mistake from Gary Cahill allowed Fred to equalise shortly after the interval, but substitute Frank Lampard produced a moment of quality from the edge of the penalty box to hand Roy Hodgson’s side victory.

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Brazil celebrate Nilmar’s winner / KARIM JAAFAR/GettyImages

England were hopeful of launching an assault at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but the starting lineup of this friendly under Fabio Capella barely compared to the quality on show from Brazil.

Samba stars like Kaka, Gilberto Silva, Maicon and Thiago Silva were all in action at Khalifa International Stadium in Qatar, though the margin of victory was just one goal as Nilmar’s 47th-minute header proved enough to separate the two sides.

England did threaten throughout but couldn’t find their clinical edge and ended up being embarrassed by Germany the following year at the World Cup.

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England returned to Wembley in 2007 / Clive Mason/GettyImages

This was another big occasion as the 2007 friendly between England and Brazil marked the first game at the newly rebuilt Wembley.

There was a recall for David Beckham, who hadn’t played for the Three Lions since stepping down as captain following their 2006 World Cup exit, and it was the Manchester United legend who created the opener for John Terry, who powerfully headed in a free-kick midway through the second half.

Manager Steve McClaren couldn’t see out the victory, however, as Diego bagged his own header with almost the last touch of the game in the 92nd minute.




England 0-0 Brazil

14 November 2017

International friendly

Brazil 2-2 England

2 June 2013

International friendly

England 2-1 Brazil

6 February 2013

International friendly

Brazil 1-0 England

14 November 2009

International friendly

England 1-1 Brazil

1 June 2007

International friendly

England 1-2 Brazil

21 June 2002

2002 World Cup

England 1-1 Brazil

27 May 2000

International friendly

Brazil 1-0 England

10 June 1997

Tournoi de France

England 1-3 Brazil

11 June 1995

Umbro Cup

England 1-1 Brazil

13 June 1993

US Cup


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